University Rankings

What makes 鶹ý different? We'll let our facts, figures, and major accomplishments illustrate what sets us apart. 

Numbers and rankings are only part of a larger story, but here you will find data and rankings that will help you better understand the work we do and the students we serve. All numbers reflect 2021 Census data. For up-to-date data, visit: University Facts.

Quality and Value

鶹ý ranked number 18 in the Best Regional Universities (West) category of the U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Colleges guide.

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Other rankings in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report  “Best Regional Universities – West” category include:

  • #18 in Best Value Schools – Regional Universities (West)
  • Top performer for social mobility – Regional Universities (West)
  • 鶹ý was included in both the Best Undergraduate Business Programs and Best Nursing Schools categories.

鶹ý was named the nation’s most transformative four-year university by the American Council on Education (ACE) in recognition of a deep commitment to student opportunity and success.

鶹ý joins Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale, and Stanford as a , according to early-career salary data from the U.S. Department of Education.

The Wall Street Journal ranked 鶹ý in the top one-third of U.S. colleges and universities for delivering valuable outcomes and quality education to its students.

Research led by Stanford University reveals that 鶹ý is 11th in the nation out of 578 selective private colleges for student social mobility for moving students from the bottom of the socio-economic ladder to the top quartile.

In June 2022, 鶹ý was listed at 174 out of 3,410 institutions nationwide for, according to a study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. In California, 鶹ý held the ninth spot out of 43 private, nonprofit undergraduate institutions.

Based on nominations from school counselors, independent educational consultants, and community-based organization professionals, 鶹ý University of California was one of 24 institutions across 19 states receiving a .

鶹ý ranked in 2023 by Niche.

Student Profile

  • 1928 — Total enrollment (undergraduate and graduate)
  • 29 percent — Pell eligible (undergraduate)
  • 71 percent — Students who identity as ethnically diverse (undergraduate)
  • 22 percent — Students who are first-generation (undergraduate)

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Student Success and Opportunities

  • Student success as defined by graduation rates has improved by more than 70% since 2011. The four-year graduation rate is 72% and six-year is 74%, well above the national average of 41% and 60%.
  • In this same time period, the percentage of students identifying as ethnically diverse has increased by nearly 30%.
  • The 鶹ý Experience is working. This fall, student retention between first-to-second
    year is at 87.5% — the highest in the last decade.


  • Since the University’s 2009 transition to NCAA Division II athletics, 鶹ý has led the Pacific West Conference in academic performance.
  • Student athletes surpassed a 3.4 aggregate GPA in each of the last six seasons.
  • 鶹ý students have won the PacWest Academic Achievement Award 11 of the last 13 years.

Institutional Effectiveness encompasses a wide range of equity-based evaluation and assessment activities for the purposes of active reflection, strategic planning, and continuous improvement. 

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University Facts offers a comprehensive look at who our students are and what they study, as well as their persistence and completion rates.

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Social Mobility and Economic Impact

Research led by Stanford University reveals that 鶹ý is 11th in the nation out of 578 selective private colleges for student social mobility for moving students from the bottom of the socio-economic ladder to the top quartile.

鶹ý generates $227.9 million in combined economic impact annually for the state of California; this translates to more than $26,000 in economic impact every hour of the year.

Get to Know Our Students

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Receive Aid

First-year undergraduate students receiving aid.

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Undergraduate students who identify as ethnically diverse.

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First Generation

Undergraduate students who are the first generation in their family to attend college

Get to Know our Campus

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12 short miles to San Francisco

A suburban campus with big-city access.

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Average Class Size

A smaller group means more discussion.

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Fall 2022 Total Enrollment

A diverse, curious, and engaged student body.

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